Teaching and Learning in Virtual Words

Jane Wilde in RL/Esme Qunhua in SL

I use this blog to post about my learning and/or teaching experiences in Virtual Worlds, in LMSs, in social media and in the Change MOOC 2012. [HTML] [XML] Last Updated: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:35:20

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Modified Quest-Based Learning
, Teaching and Learning in Virtual Words, May 16, 2012
Last month I participated in the three week Teacher Camp: 3DGamelab, run by Lisa Dawley and Chris Haskill. Quest-based pedagogy was the theme. Quest-based learning was the process. We went on quests, we used the 3DGamelab tools - a learning management system and guild site that facilitated good gaming practices in teaching and learning. With my new term of Teaching and Learning in Virtual Worlds beginning soon, my mind exploded with the possibilities. I started to move my quests from Second ... Wed, 16 May 2012 21:26:00 +0000 [Comment]

Liberal Arts Education and Technology
Jane Wilde in RL/Esme Qunhua in SL, Teaching and Learning in Virtual Words, Feb 08, 2012
I am giving a presentation this week at Smith College on the role of technology in liberal arts education (job interview). Your comments, criticism, suggestions on this draft of the visuals for my presentation would be greatly appreciated. #change11 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 05:32:00 +0000 [Comment]

Dispositions and Virtual Collaboration
Jane Wilde in RL/Esme Qunhua in SL, Teaching and Learning in Virtual Words, Jan 12, 2012
Image: cooldesign / FreeDigitalPhotos.netAs I prepare to meet a new group of students in two online classes I reflect on what will help them get started. I recently reread some of the thinking about habits of mind (see article by Describing 16 Habits of Mind). Costa and Kallick propose that there are discrete habits or disposition that, in concert, support thinking and problem solving. PersistingCommunicating with clarity and precisionManaging impulsivityGathering data through all ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 22:10:00 +0000 [Comment]

Self Assessment
Jane Wilde in RL/Esme Qunhua in SL, Teaching and Learning in Virtual Words, Oct 25, 2011
Today I read Jeffrey Keefer's post "Check in on Change11 goals and expectations" in which he reviews the 3 goals he set at the start of the Change11 MOOC and asks himself how he is doing. I am challenged to do the same. Thanks Jeffrey. On September 30 I wrote: "Today I've decided that I will spend less time on instructor generated material and more on participant generated. I want to understand the connections OPENBLOCKlearners makeCLOSEBLOCK, follow some ideas, see how others ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:38:00 +0000 [Comment]

Complexity, Cognitive Load and MOOCs
Jane Wilde in RL/Esme Qunhua in SL, Teaching and Learning in Virtual Words, Oct 03, 2011
I've just read two posts by Michael Gallagher Complexity, self-organization, and #Change11: reactions to Siemen's presentation(1) and Multiple interfaces, cognitive load and learning design: My appartment in Seoul (2). In the former Gallagher discusses the pattern making process we use to make sense from the chaotic stuff of life (and learning in a MOOC). In the latter he takes us on a fanciful tour of his high tech Korean apartment, a device to explore interface ... Mon, 03 Oct 2011 17:18:00 +0000 [Comment]

Making Change11 My Own
Jane Wilde in RL/Esme Qunhua in SL, Teaching and Learning in Virtual Words, Sept 30, 2011
Dave, George and Stephen have emphasized that one of the defining characteristics of a MOOC is the source of the goals. While the instructors/facilitators have a plan, (and personal goals) they do not determine the learning goals for the course. Each participant set her own goals. I think this is not just rhetoric. Not a variation on the "learner centered" model. MOOC and open learning in general has the potential to redefine what we mean by learning. I imagine that for some the goals may be ... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 04:15:00 +0000 [Comment]

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